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Insatiable: how offensive is Netflix’s controversial new comedy?

The story of a girl who loses weight and takes revenge on her bullies has already inspired an online petition for fat-shaming One of the recurring images on Netflixs new show, Insatiable, is that of the shows heroine, Patty, played by Debby Ryan, gorging on food. While my classmates were out losing their virginity, she says in the first episode, I was at home stuffing another hole. The shows palpable disgust for Pattys desire for food is visceral. Throughout the series, anytime Patty feels out-of-control, angry, desperate or sad, she…

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Barry Chuckle, one half Chuckle Brothers duo, dies aged 73

Manager says comedy entertainer died peacefully at home with his wife and familyBarry Chuckle a life in pictures The entertainer Barry Chuckle, one half of the comedy duo #Chucklevision Paddy McGuinness (@PaddyMcGuinness) One of my favourites from childhood years, teenage years and as an adult! Gutted. Barry Chuckle RIP sir. August 5, 2018 It has since emerged that Elliot had been suffering from ill-health for more than six months before his death. The brothers had recently filmed a new series, Chuckle Time, for Channel 5. Elliott was unwell toward the…

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Watch Parkland students’ emotional Tonys performance and cry

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of a brutal February shooting, performed “Seasons of Love” from Rent at Sunday’s Tony Awards.  Their theatre teacher Melody Herzfeld was named the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award. SEE ALSO: Here are the 2 words that got Robert De Niro bleeped out at the Tonys Survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Fl. galvanized many Americans to fight actively for gun control, including with March For Our Lives. In April, several students were included in the Time…

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Canceling Roseanne Wasn’t About ConvictionIt Was About Capital

It happened so fast you almost could have missed it. Over the course of two days earlier this week, Roseanne Barr fired off a series of racist (and anti-Semitic, and otherwise conspiracy-minded) tweets, prompting left-wing outrage and calls to #BoycottABC and extreme right-wing joy. Then, amidst high-profile collaborators like Wanda Sykes announcing they’d be leaving Barr’s well-rated sitcom Roseanne, ABC announced it would be cancelling the show. And there could be no confusion about the cause: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values,” ABC Entertainment president…

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How to Not Watch the Royal Wedding

Congratulations! The digital world has invited you to virtually attend Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's marriage this weekend. Frankly, you don't give a damn. But the internet won't let you off the hook so easily. Your news feeds will be littered with the #RoyalFamily and #WhenHarryMetMeg musings unless you do some work to cinch off the firehose before the event begins. Prepare your platforms, adjust your settings, download extensions, and escape the royal wedding with the following prudent suggestions. The event starts early Saturday morning in the US, so do…

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Patrick Melrose review a brilliant portrayal of addiction

Benedict Cumberbatch had long wanted to play Edward St Aubyns character and David Nichollss adaptation shows the actors deep understanding of the role The phone rings, one of those telephones from my childhood, with a curly wire connecting the receiver. A stripy-shirted arm reaches for it tentatively. Hello? says a voice deep, aristocratic, lugubrious and woozy, but unmistakably Benedict Cumberbatch (confirmed when the camera eventually looks higher). There is a delay and an echo on the line (remember that?). Sad news from New York: his father has died. Patrick Melrose,…

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Rage Against the Machine beats X Factor’s Joe to Christmas No 1

After an Facebook campaign against Simon Cowell's chart domination, music fans celebrate their victory In recent years, it had become as predictable as elections in North Korea singer wins X Factor, singer’s debut single goes to No 1. So when Joe McElderry won the TV talent contest, he was no doubt confident he would celebrate Christmas at the top of the charts. Alas for the 18-year-old from South Shields, it wasn’t to be: a song almost his own age denied him the top spot after a successful online campaign. Killing…

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‘Stranger Things 3’ adds unexpected ’80s movie alum

Image: frazer harrison/Getty Images Stranger Things 3 is building up a cast which now includes The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes. Elwes and Jake Busey will join the squad in Hawkins for Season 3 of the hit Netflix show. SEE ALSO: ‘Stranger Things’ fans rejoice: Dad Steve will be back in Season 3

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The Mister Rogers documentary trailer is so hopeful and sweet we could cry

Five little words cemented Fred Rogers in the hearts of America and the history of television. The upcoming documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes a closer look at Rogers, who died in 2003, and the indelible legacy of his show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. SEE ALSO: Everyone’s Bringing Back Kids Shows — Here Are 5 We’d Reboot Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood debuted in 1963, and as the trailer for Won’t You Be My Neighbor? notes, it went against every model for a successful TV show. Rogers provided children with compassionate messages…

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The Wire, 10 years on: We tore the cover off a city and showed the American dream was dead

David Simons anti-cop show struggled to find an audience before being lauded as a classic and making stars of Idris Elba, Michael B Jordan and others. Here, some of its writers and stars look back at a series that changed TV for ever When, in 2001, the actor Frankie Faison accepted the role of deputy commissioner Ervin Burrell in a new HBO drama called The Wire, he thought he was signing up for a cop show. I was expecting it to be more about wiretapping, he remembers with amusement. It…

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Watch a teaser for the final season of ‘House of Cards’

If you didn’t get the memo, Kevin Spacey will not be in the final season of Netflix’s House of Cards, where he plays the ruthless politician Francis Underwood. The sudden, but warranted ousting of Spacey following accusations of sexual misconduct left the show’s writers in a bit of a conundrum. Yet in an unexpected preview of the show’s final season dropped during the Oscars, things are “just getting started.” Played by Robin Wright, Claire Underwood breaks the fourth wall of the teaser to declare that it’s her time to run…

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Martin Scorsese teams up with British writer for epic take on the Romans

British writer Michael Hirst joins forces with the mega-filmmaker to tell story of the Caesars Martin Scorsese teams up with British writer for epic take on the Romans US director Martin Scorsese and British writer Michael Hirst will focus on youth and vitality of ancient Romes rulers Dalya Alberge Last modified on Sun 11 Feb 2018 12.24EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Katheryn Winnick in Vikings. The series writer, Michael Hirst, will join forces with Martin Scorsese for a TV drama about the Caesars. Photograph: MGM/Allstar…

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‘This Is Us’ Super Bowl commercial desperately wants to convince you Crock-Pots are innocent

Milo still uses Crock-Pots, people.Image: nbc Warning: Spoilers for the second season of This Is Us ahead. This Is Damage Control at its FINEST. You’ve probably heard by now, but during its last episode NBC’s This Is Us revealed that a faulty Crock-Pot is what started the fire that potentially kills everyone’s favorite TV dad, Jack Pearson. Since then, despite many attempts (and a newly created Twitter account) to convince everyone its products are safe and reliable, Crock-Pot’s brand name has been dragged through the mud and fans are boycotting…

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Spike’s social media went wild in the final days of its existence

Bye, Spike.Image: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Better to go out with a bang than a whimper, we guess. TV channel Spike is going to be rebranded as the Paramount Network on Thursday, as owner Viacom looks to general entertainment programming on the 34-year old basic cable network. SEE ALSO: 10 TV shows we can’t wait to see in 2018 So, as the days become numbered, Spike’s social media presence has decided to well, not really care anymore.  Welp, since I’m outta here anyway I might as well tell you all…

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Hulu to get family-friendly with new ‘Animaniacs’ seasons

Image: warner bros./hulu Because Emmys and handmaids aren’t enough, Hulu is jumping into the family TV market with a revival of the kooky ’90s series Animaniacs.  Steven Spielberg will executive produce the Warner Bros. and Amblin Entertainment series for two brand-new seasons. SEE ALSO: ‘Animaniacs’ is your latest childhood obsession to get a reboot Animaniacs first debuted on the WB in 1993 and ran for 99 episodes. Mashable first reported rumor of a reboot in May 2017, when the show’s resurgent popularity on Netflix was gaining attention. (It’s since been…

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